About On Being
On Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit. The program began as an occasional series on Minnesota Public Radio in 1999, then became a monthly national program in September 2001, and launched as a weekly program titled Speaking of Faith in the summer of 2003.
On Being, as the show was re-named in 2010, is now heard on hundreds of public radio stations in the U.S. and globally via Internet and podcast. In 2008, the program was awarded the highest honors in both broadcasting and electronic media — our first Peabody and our second Webby Award. On Being is the only public radio program in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.
Krista envisioned a program that would draw out the intellectual and spiritual content of religion that should nourish our common life, but that is often obscured precisely when religion enters the news. Our sustained growth as a show has also been nurtured by a cultural shift that seeks conversation, shared life, and problem-solving within and across religious traditions and across categories of belief and non-belief. On Being has both responded and contributed to a growing acknowledgement that there are basic questions of meaning that pertain to the entire human experience. The particular dramas and dynamics of the 21st century — ecological, political, cultural, technological, and economic — are bringing this into relief.From physics (“Uncovering the Codes for Reality”; “Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth”) to parenting (“What we Nurture”); from civil society (“The Inward Work of Democracy”; “Words that Shimmer”); to aging (“The Far Shore of Aging”; "Contemplating Mortality”); from yoga (“The Body’s Grace”; “Meditation in Action”) to neuroscience (“Creativity and the Everyday Brain”; “Investigating Healthy Minds”), from urban renewal (“Becoming Detroit”; “Evolving a City”) to farm to table food (“Driven by Flavor”); from “The Last Quiet Places” to ocean exploration; and from Desmond Tutu to Rosanne Cash and from the Dalai Lama to Rumi - what we cover as "conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas" drives towards ancient, animating questions at the heart of the great traditions and beyond them: What does it mean to be human? What matters in a life? What matters in a death? How to love? How to be of service to each other and to the world? We explore these questions in all the variety, richness, and complexity with which they find expression in contemporary lives. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact. Our guests as well as our radio listeners, podcasters, and readers span many traditions and the spectrum of devotion and agnosticism. We keep finding new ways to listen to them, and they keep teaching us where to go with this adventure.
Each morning Krista reads each message and credits the strong response from our listeners for getting and keeping On Being on the air. As the program has expanded and grown weekly, we can no longer personally respond to each message received. But each listener note is read, pondered, discussed — and above all, appreciated. We hope as we move forward to find new ways to react and engage with your comments. You can contact Krista and On Being by submitting a message, and we'll do our best to help.
We are often humbled reading your reflections and are touched by the quality and contemplative tone of them. Oftentimes, the primary reason for a reflection not being posted is because it was either submitted to our e-mail address or via the On Being contact form — both are considered private correspondence and will not be publicly posted.
If the reflection was submitted via the proper form for a show, we often do not publicly post the reflections until the following week for reasons of time. And, many times, a similar thought is mentioned by multiple listeners so the editorial staff will post what they feel is the fairest representation of that sentiment. Nonetheless, we encourage our listeners to contribute to this dialogue and read what others have to say on the show's reflection page.
We offer a quarterly production internship position. The intern supports the SOF team with research, interview preparation, Web site elements, and some administrative tasks related to weekly production. If you're interested in being considered for an internship with On Being, please send us an e-mail at email@example.com. When hiring is in effect, the internship position is posted on the Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media jobs page.
You can now purchase printable transcripts ($9.95/MS Word) online. Go to http://apm.transcripts.tv and select "On Being" in the recent shows drop-down menu. Thank you for supporting SOF and public radio programming!
Transcripts are also available on the companion site for each individual program. Go to the main page of the show for which you'd like a transcript, and click on the "Transcript" link in the Program Details section.
We compile a list of books mentioned during the show, or recommended by Krista, and publish it on the show's Web page. When available for purchase on Public Radio Book Source, we link directly to the tome title so that you can purchase it and contribute to public radio at the same time.
For every show, we compile a list of music that's used during the show and publish it on the show's Web page. To help our audience locate an actuality, each show's Web page contains a section entitled "Particulars" that, when possible, provides a time marker as to when an individual piece of music is being played. When available for purchase on Public Radio Music Source, we link directly to the album title so that you can purchase wonderful music and contribute to public radio at the same time. More recent shows also contain an "SOF Playlist." By clicking on this option, you can listen to full-length tracks of each musical segment in the radio program